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Sarah Bair

Professor of Educational Studies (2004)

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57 S College St Room 1


Her teaching and research interests focus educational history, gender and education, and rural education. More specifically, Professor Bair's work looks at women's educational experiences, women educators in the early twentieth century, and the treatment of women’s history in K-12 curriculum in the United States. Professor Bair is currently working on a project that examines the role of women's organizations such as the AAUW in the early years of coeducation at American colleges, including Dickinson. She has also written on the history of the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, a residential school in Scotland, PA that closed in 2009.


  • B.A., Albright College, 1987
  • M.A., Shippensburg University, 1992
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2001


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2008-09

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

EDST 140 Educational Psychology
An examination of physical, cognitive, and psychological developmental theories and research as well as theories of learning. The course includes theoretical perspectives on: age-stage characteristics, exceptionality, achievement versus aptitude, as well as how developmental, sociocultural, and motivational factors influence student learning in classroom contexts.

EDST 470 Senior Seminar
The design and implementation of a study in an individual area of interest within the major concentration culminating in the writing of a conference paper or publishable article. Students will develop a review of the related research literature on their chosen topic using on-line catalogs, databases and other open access resources to access sources, gather data related to their topic employing quantitative, qualitative, and/or historiographic methodologies enhanced by electronic devices as appropriate, analyze their data using digital software as appropriate, write a conference paper or publishable article, electronically submit their conference proposals/articles, and disseminate their work via conference, digital, or paper publication formats. Prerequisites: 120 or 130, and 140, 250, 260, 300 or 310.